“…each month I embrace a kind of death within my womb that offers me a life I can live with.”
Tags: American Horror Story, black bodies, bodies, erasure poems, erasure poetry, Erica N. Cardwell, fist of wind, Foglifter, Foglifter Press, gender, journaling, LGBTQ, medical racism, medical trauma, menstrual, menstrual cycle, menstruation, Nefertiti Asanti, ntozake shange, Pain, PMDD, PMS, poems, poetry, ppd, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, queer, queerness, reproductive freedom, reproductive health, reproductive rights, the present is a small child, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, uterus, Vievee Francis, Yolanda Wisher
Kelly Harris-DeBerry discusses her debut poetry collection, FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME.
Tags: Alabama, american south, appropriation, avery r. young, black women, Broadside Press, Cleveland, debut collection, Demetrie McLorn, Eloise Greenfield, Erica L. Williams, feminism, feminist, Freedom Knows My Name, gentrification, Gil-Scott heron, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Brown, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Krug, Kalamu ya Salaam, Kathryn Stockett, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Langston Hughes, Last Poets, Lucille Clifton, Mari Evans, MFA, Midwest, migration, New Orleans, Nikki Giovanni, ntozake shange, Ohio, Paule Marshall, poems, poetry, Rachel Dolezal, racial inequality, Racism, Rita Dove, Sarah Webster Fabio, Scott Woods, Sonia Sanchez, The Help, Third World Press, Toni Morrison, Wanda Coleman, White Supremacy, Xavier Review Press, zora neale hurston
Barbara Jane Reyes discusses her new collection, LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROWN GIRL.
Tags: audience, audre lorde, Barbara Jane Reyes, baybayin, BOA Editions, bodies, bodily autonomy, Cagayan, colonialism, community, Diaspora, Diwata, Dogeaters, Erin Entrada Kelly, Filipina, Filipina-American, filipino, Filipino American, Gattaran, Gravities of Center, historical trauma, historical violence, identity, Ilocano, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Invocation to Daughters, ire’ne lara silva, jessica hagedorn, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Li-Young Lee, multilingual, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Philippine diaspora, Philippines, Pinay, poems, Poeta en San Francisco, poetry, privilege, rage, systemic racism, systemic violence, Tagalog, To Love as Aswang, violence against women, women of color, women's anger, women's bodies
Patricia Spears Jones discusses her body of work, the future of poetry, and more.
Tags: A Lucent Fire, American Dream, Amma Birch, Arkansas, Ashbery, Blazing Saddles, Brooklyn, capitalism, Cathy Park Hong, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, class inequality, community, COVID-19, Destry Rides Again, Femme du Monde, friendship, gender inequality, George Floyd, gertrude stein, ghosts, Ilya Kaminsky, June Jordan, Kevin Young, Mel Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, ntozake shange, Ordinary Women: Poems of New York City Women, Painkiller, pandemic, Patricia Spears jones, poems, poetry, Politics, polyvocality, Reparations, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, The Weather That Kills, violence against women, Whitman, Willie Birch, women writers
Monica Prince discusses writing, advocacy, and the art of the choreopoem.
Tags: activism, advocacy, audience, choreopoems, How to Exterminate the Black Woman, imposter syndrome, Monica Prince, Natalie Sharp, Nicole Schmidt, Nina Simone, ntozake shange, oppression, Patricia Smith, performance poetry, poetry, Politics, rape, Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe Writers Project, sexual trauma, social justice, Social Media, Susquehanna University, Tina Chang, Toni Morrison, White Supremacy
The most important idea within the book is that our anger, in all its shapes, is justified. ...more
Tags: #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, #WhyIDidntReport, activism, Andrea Dworkin, beyonce, book review, Caro Macon, Cortney Tunis, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, erica jong, Ernestine Rose, feminism, feminist, Good and Mad, Kavanaugh, Maria Stewart, Mark Lilla, Monica Lewinsky, ntozake shange, Pantsuit Nation, rape, Rebecca Traister, review, Sandra Bland, Septima Clark, sexual assault, the Grimké sisters, Trump, white fragility, white privilege
We here at The Rumpus matriarchy are celebrating all of our feminist “mothers” this Mother’s Day!
Tags: Adelaide Crapsey, Against Forgetting, Andi Zeisler, Angela Y. Davis, Anne Carson, Anything That Burns You, audre lorde, bad feminist, charlotte bronte, cherrie moraga, Christian Bancroft, Etel Adnan, feminism, Feminists, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Gender Trouble, gertrude stein, gloria anzaldua, Good Woman, Gwendolyn Brooks, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, If Not Winter, Ijeoma Oluo, intersectional feminism, Jane Eyre, Jenny Molberg, jessica valenti, Judith Butler, Kate Chopin, Lucille Clifton, Lyn Hejinian, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maya Angelou, Mother's Day, Not That Bad, ntozake shange, reading recommendations, Roxane Gay, Sex Object: A Memoir, Sister Outsider, So You Want to Talk About Race, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Susan Griffin, sylvia plath, tender buttons, Terese Svoboda, The Awakening, The Bell Jar, The Eros of Everyday Life, The Language of Inquiry, This Bridge Called My Back, To look at the sea is to become what one is, We Were Feminists Once, What to Read When, Wislawa Szymborska, Woman Warrior, Women Race Class
Tara Betts discusses her newest collection,
Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more
Tags: academia, activism, Alice Walker, arc & hue, audre lorde, Baby Sweets, Binghamton, Black Panthers, black women, Blackberry: a magazine, break the habit, Chicago, comic books, Comics, consent, death, Deesha Philyaw, Def Poetry Jam, Denise Levertov, depression, Devil Dinosaur, divorce, Donald Trump, economic inequality, Eve Ewing, f. scott fitzgerald, family, Foucault, gender inequality, girlspeak, Glen Campbell, grief, Hadiya Pendeleton, heartbreak, heroines, hip-hop, Huey P. Newton, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, identity, Iron Man, jazz, Jeff Chang, Jessica Care Moore, Joan Didion, Kate Zambreno, Larry Levis, Lauryn Hill, Luke Cage, marriage, marriage equality, Maya Angelou, memories, Mental Health, Moon Girl, mothers, mothers and daughters, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Nina Simone, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Paul Beatty, Paul Laurence Dunbar, poems, Poet, poetry, Politics, Princeless, prison system, Public Enemy, Radius, Rape culture, Raymond Andrews, relationships, representation, Riri Williams, Roxane Gay, science fiction, Self Care, slam poetry, superheroes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, tara Betts, Terry McMillan, The Color Purple, the cure, The White Album, Tish Benson, Trump, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Willie Perdomo, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, writing, Yona Harvey, Zelda Fitzgerald, zora neale hurston
Ntozake Shange, the poet, author and playwright who is mostly known for her play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” is at it again with, “Lost in Language and Sound: Or How I Found My Way to the Arts,” which had its first reading at Nuyorican Poets Café a couple […]